Community legal aid clinics

Average and median salaries in community legal clinics and Legal Aid Ontario

Posted - May 2015

Community legal clinics are independent non-profit corporations funded by LAO to provide poverty law services. They are governed by an independent board of directors who are representative of the community they serve.

Clinic boards are fully responsible for the governance and management of their clinics including establishing compensation systems for their staff.

LAOs Clinic Compensation Funding Framework implemented in April 2013 is consistent with the clinic boards responsibilities and accountabilities to determine compensation and annual pay increases for their staff.

The Clinic Compensation Funding Framework provides clinic boards with the financial flexibility to manage their compensation pressures as clinics keep base funding compensation savings resulting from staff turnover.

LAO caps the compensation funding to the maximum of comparable positions within LAO.

The following charts show the average and median salaries of LAO and clinic staff for these comparable positions:

LAO and clinic salary comparators by position type, 2014

Position
Clinics 1
Legal Aid Ontario
LAO funding max ($'000) Average salary ($'000) Median salary ($'000) LAO comparator LAO range ($'000) Average salary ($'000) Median salary ($'000)
EDs $142.0 $131.5 $131.5 Director $120.0 to $142.0 $131.2 $130.3
Staff lawyers $115.0 $89.1 $83.3 Lawyers (2015) $70.0 to $115.0
(2016) $76.0 to $115.0
$87.7 $90.0
Office manager $68.6 $66.4 $64.4 S4-Legal aid workers, executive assistants, financial analysts $46.0 to $68.6 $60.9 $64.5
CLWs $83.0 $72.9 $72.2 SPG1 paralegals, statisticians, HR advisers, senior financial analysts $55.0 to $83.0 $73.1 $73.2
Admin staff $50.2 $51.4 $51.2 OA4-Admin assistant-unionized $43.4 to $50.2 $48.2 $50.2

Average and median lawyer salaries for lawyers by year of call, March 2015

Year of call
Clinics 1
Legal Aid Ontario 2
Average salary ($'000) Median salary ($'000) Average salary ($'000) Median salary ($'000)
2010-2014 $71.8 $71.2 $76.2 $74.0
2005-2009 $79.0 $79.3 $90.6 $90.0
2004 and earlier $99.9 $94.4 $99.2 $95.9
AVERAGE $89.1 $83.3 $87.7 $90.0

Note 1: LAO relied on information provided by the clinics in their 2015/16 funding applications. The clinic salaries exclude compensation increases for the 2014/15 fiscal year; LAO salaries averages include the 2014/15 increases. Salaries include pay equity payments.

Note 2: After the first five years with LAO, staff lawyers move through the salary ranges based on performance, not year-of-call.